The Paris Agreement and the Race of Our Lives

Fred Krupp
President, Environmental Defense Fund
4:45pm – 6:00pm
Monday, March 28, 2016
Location: E52 7th floor


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The Paris climate agreement represents an enormous breakthrough in the long struggle to come to grips with global climate change. For the first time, developed and developing nations – 195 in all – agreed to cut the pollution that is causing rapid and dangerous changes to our environment. But now the hard work begins in earnest. If the Paris Agreement acts as a catalyst for a transformational change in the way we power the world economy, success is within our grasp. If, however, nations treat their commitments as an end in themselves, we will fall short. Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund and a preeminent U.S. climate leader, assesses the post-Paris landscape, including the Supreme Court's decision to stay the EPA's Clean Power Plan, and outlines the keys to getting where we need to go: momentum toward clean energy in the United States, the rise of China as a climate problem solver, and the necessary ingredients for comprehensive climate policy.

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About the speaker

Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp has guided EDF for three decades.  He is a widely recognized leader of the international environmental community and a leading voice on climate change, energy, and sustainability issues.  An eloquent champion for harnessing the power of the marketplace to protect our environment, Krupp is co-author with Miriam Horn of the New York Times bestseller Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming.
Under Krupp’s leadership, EDF has become one of the world’s most influential environmental organizations. He has focused national attention on the problem of methane emissions from the oil-and-gas system. Krupp has also led EDF's innovative corporate partnerships with FedEx, KKR, McDonald’s, Walmart and others.
Educated at Yale and the University of Michigan Law School, Krupp appears frequently in the national media.  He was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report and is a recipient of the 2015 William K. Reilly Environmental Leadership Award.

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